The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago composed of nine islands with almost no continental shelf and several offshore seamounts. Knowledge of the multiscale dynamics of these ecosystems and their interactions in the North Atlantic macroecosystem is still limited. The areas up to 700 m depth, represent less than 1% of the total EEZ area, where most fishing activities occur. Fishing is the main economic activity in the Azorean waters. This activity provides several benefits to local communities, including cultural benefits, employment, revenue generation, and food security. However, Azorean fisheries are commonly data-deficient and the status of the stocks they exploit is rarely assessed.
Photo: Régis Vinícius Souza Santos